Free Ocster Backup Pro 7! [24-hours only]

Software Description

The following is a list of features for Ocster Backup Pro 7, as per the developer:

Storage Types & Locations

  • Harddisks (internal, USB, Firewire, NAS, …)
  • USB sticks
  • Network drives
  • Ocster Secure Storage

Backup Types

  • Image-based backup (whole PC or complete hard disk)
  • File-based backup (selection of files, folder, application data, …)

Backup Reports

  • Detailed backup reports can be generated each time the backup is updated
  • Level of detail is configurable
  • Optional email delivery

Smart Rules

  • Backup application data and settings with one click
  • Internet Explorer bookmarks
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Windows contacts
  • Extended filtering capabilities
  • Microsoft Outlook

Scheduling & Pausing

  • Automatic Pausing
  • Built-in scheduling of backups
  • Stop & Resume

Versioning & Incremental Backups

  • Multiple old versions of your backup data can be kept
  • Versions are stored very efficiently
  • Reverse Incremental storage for image-based backups (block level)
  • Special incremental storage for file-based backups (block level)

Compression

Backups can be compressed with the following algorithms:

  • ZLib
  • LZMA (multiple compression levels)
  • Small File Optimization

Password Protection & Encryption

Backups can be protected with a user password and encrypted with the following algorithms:

  • AES 256 Bit
  • AES 128 Bit
  • BlowFish
  • Cast-128

Source Files

  • Open File Support
  • Network support
  • Hard Link and Symbolic Link Support
  • Support for special files

Storage Formats

  • Standard VMDK file format
  • Ocster archive format
  • 1:1 File Copy format

Rescue CD

  • Bootable Rescue-CD for emergencies
  • Restore your main system hard drive
  • Restore your system if it does not boot anymore

dotTech Advice

I have reviewed Ocster Backup Pro 3, Ocster Backup Pro 4, Ocster Backup Pro 5; and I have done quick analysis on Ocster Backup Pro 6 and Ocster 1-Click Backup. It is safe to say I know Ocster backup software. So when I say Ocster Backup Pro 7 is much improved over the previous versions, that – hopefully – says something about the quality of the software.

What makes Ocster Backup Pro 7 better than the previous editions are the new features. In addition to what all the previous editions had, Ocster Backup Pro 7 now supports full backups (in addition to incremental backups), uses VDMK format for backups (as opposed to Ocster’s own proprietary format), has a rescue disk, does file-level and system-level backups, easy backup of settings for programs like Firefox, better CPU management while conducting automatic backups, etc.

Now Ocster Backup Pro 7 isn’t a perfect update over previous versions. There are still few annoyances, such as: The developer still insists on daily or weekly backups — no monthly or custom intervals; and you still need to create an Ocster account to send reports via e-mail. However, generally speaking, Ocster Backup Pro 7 has turned into a very good backup program.

Update: Note that backup encryption/password protection is only available when you do file-level backups and store them in Ocster’s proprietary format. Encryption/password protection is not available for system-level VDMK image backups nor is it available if you do uncompressed file-level backup.

If you already have an backup program and you are happy with it, there is no need to fix what ain’t broke. However, if you are not happy with your backup program or you aren’t using a backup program, Ocster Backup Pro 7 is a very good option for you. Without doing a full review I hesitate to say “recommended” but for all intents and purposes, Ocster Backup Pro 7 is recommended.

Freebie Details

Ocster Backup Pro 7 is being given away in a promotion by ComputerBild. The promotion is live for 24-hours and ends at 10:00 AM Central European Time on December 30, 2011. There are no details as to if you can install/reinstall past this 24-hour time-frame.

This is a German promotion but the program itself is in English.

To get Ocster Backup Pro 7 for free, do the following:

Version being given out for free: v7.06

Free updates: Unknown

Free technical support: Unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP/Server 2003/Vista/Server 2008/Win7

Download size: 23.1 MB

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail address you registered with. Look for an e-mail from Ocster info@ocstermail.com with subject of Unlocking Ocster Backup Pro 7. In the e-mail is a link you must follow:

  • Once you follow the link, you will be given your registration code:

  • Download and install Ocster Backup Pro 7.
  • After installation run Ocster Backup Pro 7
  • When you run it, you will be prompted to register Ocster Backup Pro 7. Click on “Buy Now” and enter register it with the serial key you received earlier:

Note: After clicking Buy Now a purchase page on the developer’s website will open in your default browser. Close that page — you don’t need it.

  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting Ocster Backup Pro 7 for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

Thanks textboox5!

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19 comments

  1. Home User

    @Col:

    Didn’t try the Seagate Maxblast but did try the Seagate DiscWizard. I have 2 drives on my XP system.
    Seagate 160GB and WD 640GB. Western Digital has the same type of software as Seagate for there drives. All of them are made by Acronis. I haven’t tried the WD version yet but did install the Seagate DiscWizard. I have Acronis True Image 11 Home and 2010 versions already and have good backups so I decided to backup with DiscWizard, wipe drive and restore the backup. Worked flawlessly! The retail copies of Acronis have more options but Seagate DiscWizard worked great. Thanks for the info!

  2. normofthenorth

    It’s too bad that it’s so hard to do a REAL test of image-and-recovery software, because inquiring minds DO want to know if the one we’re using would save our bacon when we needed it. I once restored with Acronis TI (after I screwed up my PC system) and it introduced some FAT problems that I (and Windows KB) couldn’t solve, so I don’t recommend it any more. (Admittedly, that was several new versions ago, but I’ve never seen any acknowledgement of “my” problem, or the claim that it had been solved.)
    Much more recently, after years of saving images mostly with Macrium Reflect Free, I reformatted my HDD and installed Ubuntu. I used it for a month or two, and decided I missed too many of the tweaks and setups I’d optimized in WXP (and Eudora!) over the years, so I decided to go back. I thought the MRF rescue would automatically take care of mundane things like my Master Boot Record — but no!! None of my MRF image recoveries would boot! I tried a few tricks and online suggestions and KBs, etc., but they wouldn’t work with my MRF images! I ended up DIY-installing a brand-new WXP setup and restoring my original CoA number on it, then using MRF’s “mount a drive” to copy my files (not image) back to my HDD. I reinstalled my programs with Ninite and by hand. BTW, most of them seem to run just fine as “semi-standalone programs”, without all the stuff the installers put in the Registry and elsewhere (which I haven’t copied from my image).

    All in all, this was definitely NOT an experience I would wish on my Grandmother!
    Through this experience, I (somehow) convinced myself that CLONEZILLA, an old open-source no-frills image-backup SW — which runs ONLY from a bootable CD, IIRC — was the only image-backup SW I had that I could trust to REALLY restore my drive’s image back to where it was when I made the backup.
    Of course, I may be wrong (again). And MFR is very handy, and I’m trying Ocster today, partly because it would be nice to save some incremental image backups instead of only full ones.

    Testing image-backup programs FULLY would be a bloody nuisance, even on a new “virgin”computer. But personally, I think it should include reformatting the drive and installing a different OS, then trying to go back, as “automatically” as possible. And I recommend that everybody who wants to be safe makes a Clonezilla backup every once in a while, and keeps a Clonezilla rescue disk handy, just in case Ocster or whatever disappoints.

    Norm in Toronto

  3. Home User

    Ashraf:

    With annoyances, such as: The developer still insists on daily or weekly backups — no monthly or custom intervals; is enough for me to not use it. Thanks for your review. Will stick with Acronis, hasn’t failed me yet. Seen an add for Acronis True Image 2012 free after rebate of $25. I think I am still using 2010 version on my machine running WinXP Sp3.

  4. Joe

    Thanks for your suggestions Ashraf.

    Yes the external WD 1.8 TB HD does work with other files. Photos were backed up onto it before reformatting it so Octster had a clean disk to work on. I have re-formatted the 1.8TB HD at least ten times as I spun round in circles trying to make Ocster work. There is clearly some blockage. It occured when I upgraded from Ocster 1 Click to Pro 7.

    The other annoyance was one of the reasons for spending $15 on the upgrade was to acquire the ability to use a password on the backup HD. Such facility is not available. I told Ocster of such, without a response.

    Things rise up in ones life. Those that do not work are let go of, allowed to pass astern.

    Vale my $15 and Ocster Pro 7.

    DriveimageXML plus a mirror image looks good from here. Am working on it.

  5. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Joe: Are you sure the issue isn’t with your specific external drive? Do you have any other externals to test it with? I ask because it detects my Western Digital external just fine.

    Did you at least get a refund?

    Also here are a few good freewares I can list off the top of my head: DriveImage XML, EASEUS Todo Backup, Macrium Reflect Free, Paragon Backup & Recovery Free.

  6. Joe

    Ocster Backup Pro 7 gets a fail from me. Such rating hurts, as I paid $15 for it.

    After paying $15 for the upgrade from Ocster 1 Click Backup to Octser Pro 7, the software kept telling it could not find the external hard drive. (All other means of checking that the HD was available and freshly formated, told that it was there). So off went an email to Octser Help Desk. A week later, they told to download a new edition of Ocster Pro 7, and the fault would be fixed. The new edition of Octser Pro 7 was downloaded, but still it tells the last backup failed.

    I don’t profess to be an expert PC user, but I have been using a PC daily since Nov 1989, get Gizmo Richard’s and dottech daily, which has kept me reasonably proficient.

    The $15 spent on Ocster Pro 7 has been kissed goodbye, as I can’t spend my days spinning round in circles trying to get Ocster Pro 7 to work.

    I am off to find a backup program that works. Gizmo Richards has a good appraisal of a number of them.

  7. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Jose Martinez: You are welcome!

    @Helen Ritz: What you are looking for are “system-level” or “image-level” backup software; the type of software that backup your whole computer and restore your whole computer as if nothing happened. Ocster Backup Pro 7 is one of these types of programs. So, yes, Ocster Backup Pro 7 will let you copy your computer as-is to disk/hard drive/thumb drive (assuming the disk/hard drive/thumb drive have enough space on them to store the backup) and it will let you restore your computer as if nothing happened. Do take note, however, you will need to use the rescue disk if ever you want to restore your whole computer because you cannot restore Windows while inside Windows.

    And Oster makes your breadmaker and toaster. Ocster makes this program.

    Hope that helps! Let me know if you need more clarification.

    @leland: You are welcome — thanks for the tip on minor updates.

    @leland: Ditto.

    @Ruchir: You are welcome!

    @Ed: The bill is in the mail :-P You are welcome!

    @Col: Maxblast 5? Never heard of that. o_O Sounds like something a kid would create, lmao.

    @KMHamm and @leland: Yeah, I need to update that article. Hopefully soon…

  8. KMHamm

    Is there a good place to find comparisons of backup software? I know Ashraf’s done it a few times, but with all the sotware changes/updates, I can’t expect him to keep on top of it all the time. I’m using Acronis True Image 11 (paid for) and they’re offering me an upgrade to 12 for $20. Hell, I don’t even know if it’s working since the only way I see to check it is to wipe my hard drive and try to restore from the backup. Not bloody likely! Anyway, if you folks have an idea where I could get an honest comparison, I’d appreciate it.

  9. Col

    @Helen

    I use Maxblast 5 which is based on Acronis True Image without the hefty AU$49.99
    new version of Maxblast has improved USB support & improved support for diagnostic partitions
    it copies the same applications and Operating System & the same icons and shortcuts
    heck it probably even copies the fly shit on the platters!! LoL

  10. Ed

    Ashraf:

    You have done it again. Good software, clear directions; what’s not to like. If you had any idea how much you have helped me over the years you probably want to send me a bill.

    Thanks again for this, for the past and for all the help yet to come

    Ed

  11. leland

    @Helen your bread maker is made by Oster and the software is made by Ocster. Notice the difference? As for what you want you need an image backup program. If I have time I will write back later or hopefully someone else can fill you in. There are articles about this type of backup software here if you search.

  12. leland

    I find it interesting they always push the Christmas specials and then give away the latest version for free before the beginning of the new year. This has been the trend for at least two years running. Not that I mind it is a good program for what it is. Thanks Ashraf for the tip.

    PS You can download and install the latest version as it gets minor upgrades during the year with this free license or at least that is what I have seen throughout the last couple of years. Of course you will have to wait for the next free offer next year to get the major upgrade to version 8.

  13. Helen Ritz

    I wish someone would tell me in layman’s terms, how I make an exact clone of my computer as it stands right now. I want to copy my computer as it is, to a disk, or thumbdrive and be able to put that copy back in (shouldd I need to) and have my computer start right up as if nothing happened! Help this 88 year old lady to figure this out, I find these computers fasinating and mysterious, but stubborn as an old mule! Does this program do that?

    By the way, I have an Oster breadmaker and blender, I didn’t know they make software applications too?
    Oh well, you learn something new every day!

    Helen